Congress accomplished little in 2013

  • Article by: DAVID ESPO , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 23, 2013 - 2:11 AM

WASHINGTON — Call it a steady diet of gridlock, with "Green Eggs and Ham" on the side.

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nrabadDec. 23, 13 7:12 AM

We have become a dysfunctional country by choice.

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honeybooDec. 23, 13 7:53 AM

I'm quite fine with Congress doing little, after what they did to America in Barry's first term. We may never survive that debacle.

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scoty2hotyDec. 23, 13 9:04 AM

I won't even take the effort to vote anymore. I'm so disenchanted by our government. Maybe if they change the system to popular vote instead of electoral I would change my mind.

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scoty2hotyDec. 23, 13 9:06 AM

I won't even take the effort to vote anymore. I'm so disenchanted by our government. Maybe if they change the system to popular vote instead of electoral I would change my mind.

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livefreeordDec. 23, 1310:16 AM

Congress did what they were elected to do. WE elected a divided government. We didn't give anyone a mandate to do anything so we didn't get anything. This paper does us a disservice to speak of this derogatorily. Passing lots of laws is not a great thing. Laws, especially at the federal level, should be a last resort. A tremendous number of things were passed early in Obama's 1st term and the country is taking some time to digest them and decide which way to go next. That is good, not bad. Obviously with Obamacare, changes are required. The financial reform bill passed about the same time needs change as badly if not as obviously. We'll hopefully learn more about both of these issues over the next year and there will be another election next fall.

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circleoflifeDec. 23, 1311:29 AM

Good! Then they did what they were hired to do!!!!

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MNSports24Dec. 23, 1311:48 AM

This article is so biased it is ridiculous.

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obstakesDec. 23, 1312:07 PM

Talk to Harry Reid if you want to see where obstructionism resides. He has what, 100 bills stuck on his desk?

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dogmanDec. 23, 1312:40 PM

"Congress did what they were elected to do. WE elected a divided government. We didn't give anyone a mandate to do anything so we didn't get anything" -- I disagree... we have unprecedented obstruction from the minority party, blocking the most benign actions. The behavior of teapublican-fearing republicans allows a single extremist to stop the entire process of governing. They have nothing but disrespect for traditional standards, the Constitution, and doing what's best for the country and their constituents. As recently as the Bush administration, the governing party was allowed to implement their agenda. There were consequences to the election. However, with this president, even large popular and electoral margins of victory meant nothing. Legislation republicans campaigned on suddenly became unconstitutional once this president expressed his support. Once nominees or legislation overcame a filibuster, the obstructing party voted overwhelmingly for what they previously delayed. The majority of Americans voted for a democratic president and a democratic Congress. Yet a handful of extremists, with the help of the rest of the minority party too cowardly to stand up for themselves, are solely to blame for the current situation

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barb_hDec. 23, 13 2:15 PM

And so hopefully with the 2014 election, this will end the Party of "NO" and people will look at voting in moderates once again... and they won't shun the politicians who say they want to "worked across party lines" and "we will work together..." Unfortunately in these past few elections, these phrases haven't risen to surface....it's been "all about me" style politics and not about us.

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